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Riding the Wave: DBT and Distress Tolerance

A surfer doesn’t fight the powerful ocean wave; he moves with the wave riding its natural tide. “Riding the wave” is also a psychological practice of surfing your own powerful and negative emotions. Rather than fighting sadness, anger and other negative emotions, it’s...

Re-framing the Depression Narrative

Not very long ago, cancer—the big “C”—was a word people only whispered. Though it was common and it was serious, it was also very stigmatized, much like mental illness is today. Once treatments became more effective and people who had cancer started living in...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: Mental Health Policy

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A Clinician’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A School Counselor’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A Mother’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A Young Man’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

Antidepressants and Your DNA

When diagnosed with depression, talk therapy is the first recommended form of treatment. If symptoms are severe and present even after a few months of therapy, medication is then added to the treatment plan. Taking an antidepressant is a lot like filling your car with...

How to Cope with Feeling Down During the Holidays

Although the holidays are filled with sights and sounds of happiness and cheer, often, many of us are left feeling less than joyful around the holiday season that stretches from Thanksgiving to the New Year. This common experience is often the compilation of spending...

Social Media & Teen Mental Health

Social media has taken the world by storm. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have dramatically impacted the way we communicate. You can see what someone is doing instantly or tell the world what you’re thinking in a moment with a tweet, as long as your thought...

Depression & The Stomach: How Gut Health Relates to Mental Health

  Hippocrates once said that “all disease begins in the gut.” Over 2,000 years later, there is still validity to his statement. This is not to say that every disease stems from the gut, but it’s a part of your body that you should be mindful of, especially if...

Moving Grief

Coping with grief and loss through movement is as old as humankind; Psalm 30:11 in the King James Bible begins thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing. As a graduate of the dance/movement therapy and counseling program at Columbia College Chicago, I refer to...

Here Comes the Sun

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Light Therapy? The winter months are full of beautiful things that many of us in colder regions look forward to - the first snowfall, skiing, hot chocolate and cozy log fires. But, what we gain in winter nostalgia, we lose...